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Rhinelander Lions Club gives free eye exams to adults Submitted: 03/19/2018
Story By Fitzgerald, Maggie

Rhinelander Lions Club gives free eye exams to adults
RHINELANDER - The older you get the worse your vision can become. But retired or not, vision screening can be expensive.

The Rhinelander Lions Club offered free eye testing for anyone over 40 on Monday.

The screening took place at the Oneida County Department of Aging.

The purpose of the screening was to help people identify if they are at high risk for eye disease or need to see an eye doctor.

Lions Club member Dennis Hirtz said it is recommended that people get their eyes checked every two years but not many people do.

"Many people that are elderly can't afford to go to an eye doctor, don't want to go to an eye doctor, [or] they don't want to be familiar with their eye problems," said Hirtz.

Sarah Metz was one of the people who got her eyes checked Monday. Metz said she can't afford to pay for screenings out of pocket.

"My insurance only allows one screening every two years. So [I want] to know that there is a problem and that I do really need to go in, otherwise I maybe would have waited. But now I'll be going to the eye doctor," said Metz.

People went through three eye tests. One was for distance, one for close up, and one that checks for eye disease.

The Lions Club is trained for the eye testing by Prevent Blindness Wisconsin. Its mission is for everyone in Wisconsin to have healthy vision.

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